The company is currently working on a prototype, but customers won't get to own one until 2030.
BMW is making significant progress in the field of solid-state batteries for next-generation electric vehicles, but despite the automaker's best efforts, they won't arrive before 2030. This echoes recent news from Toyota, which will begin producing the advanced cells by 2027 but will not be able to scale production until much later.
This confirmation comes from Kurt Vandeputte, manager of BMW's Battery Cell Manufacturing Competence Center (CMCC), during a media presentation reported by BMWBlog.
"We won't see a solid-state production series BMW before 2030," Vandeputte said.
What the automaker is working on right now is a prototype. A production line for the said prototype has also been established at the company's Cell Manufacturing Competence Center, showing us that the Bavarians are deep into developing advanced battery technology.
Solid-state batteries are more efficient, boasting higher energy density than lithium-ion batteries. They're also safer, as the solid electrolytes mean there is less risk of leakage and, consequently, fire risk.
Last month, BMW received the first solid-state battery prototypes from its partner, Solid Power, for the automaker's Neue Klasse generation of electric vehicles, which will be introduced in 2025. With this recent development, however, it appears that the first Neue Klasse EVs will be introduced without the new battery technology.
But BMW was always prepared to hedge its bets with the Neue Klasse platform. Apart from solid-state batteries, it can accommodate conventional lithium-ion batteries and was developed with hydrogen fuel cells in mind, too. The new BMW iX3 will be the first production Bimmer to use the Neue Klasse platform.
Solid-state batteries have long been touted as the game-changer that will redefine electric mobility, but it seems we still have a long way to go before this revolutionary technology is affordable enough to put in everyday cars. In the meantime, other avenues are being explored, and no matter which way you look at it, EVs are only getting more efficient.